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Rimac Concept Two self-driving supercar

A self-driving supercar? Rimac reveals controversial plans

It’s an exciting time for the supercar industry, that’s for sure. Just last month we wrote about Ferrari announcing the first electric supercar. Back in July there was the world’s first off-road supercar, in the Zarooq Sandracer 500GT. And now Croatian manufacturers Rimac have revealed plans for a self-driving supercar. Say what you like about these brands, you can’t fault their innovation.

Predictably, Rimac’s announcement has been met with mixed reactions. A huge part of the appeal of driving a supercar is, well, driving it. These cars are built for maximum enjoyment, capable of combining lightning-quick top speeds with massive horsepower but also the highest levels of comfort and luxury.

While the ego boost and style points that come from driving a supercar around are undoubtedly also part of the appeal, the actual driving experience is arguably the biggest reason why supercars are so popular.

With that in mind, Rimac’s design is something of a risk: will supercar enthusiasts want a supercar that drives itself?

The Croatian brand clearly believe so. The self-driving Concept Two is expected to be revealed in Geneva later this year, following on from the (human-driven) Concept One in 2013, which earned praise for its futuristic design and performance. Experts believe Rimac have been forced to up their game and go bigger with the Concept Two by Tesla’s recent Roadster announcement, hence the self-driving addition.

The Concept Two will have what is known as Level 4 autonomy. This means that no driver attention is ever required for safety, and the driver could safely go to sleep or leave the car without risk of the car crashing. Level 4 is the second-highest level of autonomy – the only level above it is reserved for cars such as robotic taxis that do not require any human intervention whatsoever.

It is believed that Rimac will manufacture around 100 models of the Concept Two, which is set to be priced at around $1 million. Only 8 Concept Ones were produced and they sold out very quickly.

In the meantime why not experience the thrill of driving a luxury supercar yourself by hiring one of PB’s range of supercars.

Ferrari electric car

Ferrari announces plans for first electric supercar

In exciting news for the supercar industry, Ferrari last week made the surprise announcement that a groundbreaking electric supercar is in the works.

Ferrari’s CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed the plans for the first battery-powered supercar at the Detroit Auto Show. The move has been interpreted as a bid to challenge Tesla at the top end of the electric car market.

“If there is an electric supercar to be built, then Ferrari will be the first,” said Marchionne. “People are amazed at what Tesla did…I’m not trying to minimize what Elon [Musk, Tesla CEO] did. but I think it’s doable by all of us.”

The groundbreaking Tesla Roadster has attracted headlines for its futuristic design, but Ferrari believe they can succeed in the electric market by offering their iconic Italian comfort and stylishness paired with the advantage of consumer familiarity with their brand.

Cannily, Marchionne hinted that Ferrari’s electric car would be released in 2019 or early 2020 – just before the Tesla Roadster. The electric supercar will not compromise any of the Prancing Horse’s values, with its design remaining true to Ferrari’s legacy: “It has to drive like a Ferrari,” Marchionne insisted.

Marchionne pointed out that, as Ferrari are already making hybrid cars, the move to electric supercars would not be a huge jump.

However, the Ferrari CEO’s announcement marks a dramatic change of heart: as recently as March 2016, when asked about the possibility of an all-electric Ferrari, Marchionne replied “You will have to shoot me first”.

“With Ferrari, it’s almost an obscene concept,” he added then.

The enormous potential of the electric supercar market seems to have convinced the Italian giants, and some of the other leading supercar brands, such as Porsche, are also believed to be entering the market in the near future.

In the meantime, here at PB Supercars we have a range of classic Ferraris available for hire, including the Ferrari 458 Italia Coupe and the California F1. Get in touch today for more information.

Join the ‘Ferrari at 70’ celebrations this Autumn

As supercar fans may be aware, iconic Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari celebrated its 70th birthday this month in grand style.

Ferrari returned to Maranello, the tiny town in the north of Italy where the company was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1947, with a memorable parade of some of its most famous cars from the last 70 years.

In that time Ferrari has grown into one of the biggest sports car brands in the world, with its cars among the most iconic in history. In a dramatic evening stage show, an iconic car was chosen and brought on stage for each decade of The Prancing Horse‘s existence. The comparisons between each generation of supercar also served to show the technological improvements between decades that have allowed the cars to become faster and faster.

The birthday party in Maranello featured an auction of several high-profile Ferraris, with one, a limited-edition LaFerrari Aperta, being sold for a staggering £7.6m. Thousands of Ferrari fans – known as tifosi in Italy – lined the streets of the town to catch a glimpse of their favourite cars from Ferrari’s history.

And you can join in the ‘Ferrari at 70′ celebrations this Autumn by taking advantage of PB Supercars’ Ferrari rental.

We offer three Ferraris for hire: the 458 Italia Coupe, the Ferrari California, and the F430 Sypder. All retail for over £130,000 and are capable of reaching almost 200mph (or just over 200 in the case of the 458 Italia Coupe).

All three supercars offer an amazing driving experience. The 458 Italia Coupe boasts the classic Ferrari luxury, with a plush interior complete with high-quality leather, while the F430 Spyder is renowned for its performance and handling, with a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds.

Whichever aspect of the supercar experience you’re looking for, our Ferrari models can provide it.

So why not take the chance to hire one of the world’s best sports cars while simultaneously celebrating a landmark for Ferrari? Get in touch today by visiting our site or calling 0207 241 6854.

Zarooq Sandracer 500GT off road supercar

The world’s first off-road supercar? Introducing the Zarooq Sandracer 500GT

It will surely be the craziest car to be released this year. It looks so futuristic that it’s been compared to the Batmobile. You’re just as likely to spot it zooming through the desert as you are on a motorway – not that many people will see one close-up: just 35 are being sold worldwide, and most have already been snapped up through pre-orders. Its manufacturers claim it marks the start of a new era in supercars.

Yep, we’re talking about the Zarooq Sandracer 500GT, which is being billed as the first ever off-road supercar. The futuristic hybrid blends the best of luxury cars with all-terrain abilities: as its name suggests, it is capable of handling even the most unwelcoming environment, but inside are supercar comforts including an infotainment system, LCD screen, hand-stitched leather interior and climate control. Completely road-legal, the 500GT is equally at home in the desert or the city.

Zarooq Sandracer 500GT off road supercar city

The Sandracer is equally comfortable racing through deserts or cities

The Sandracer’s manufacturers, Dubai-based Zarooq Motors, are named after the Arabic word for the fastest snake in the desert – very appropriate given the 500GT boasts a top speed of 137mph, a 0-60 of under 4 seconds and a 6.2 litre V8 engine. Its body, made from carbon fibre, gives it a more lightweight, agile feel. Zarooq even say it’s been “designed to look aggressive” – it looks like they’ve succeeded on that front.


After being teased at the 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Sandracer has finally been released following two years in development. Its arrival will thrill supercar fans across the globe, but the very limited first run, as well as the hefty price tag – the cheapest version of the Sandracer will set you back £350,000 – means it is truly an elite release for now.

You may not be able to roll up to some traffic lights in one of these beasts and give the driver next to you a knowing nod just yet, then, but here at PB Supercars we can offer something pretty close. The Sandracer has been described by CNN as having “the luxury and speed of a Lamborghini with the sensibilities of a dune racer.” Why not check out our Lamborghini hires, all of which are actually even faster than the Sandracer?



Where are supercars made?

With supercar manufacturer McLaren announcing a deal to open a £50million chassis factory in Sheffield last week, we’ve gotten to thinking: where are supercars actually built?

We know Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s are Italian and Mercedes and Audi are German, but do they actually come from there?

Ferrari Hire at PB Supercars

Ferrari’s are all built in the same factory

In Ferrari’s case, yes they do. Ferrari makes all of their supercars in Maranello, Italy. Less than 7,000 cars are built there each year which adds to the prestige of owning one, and all of the parts created and used for them are manufactured in the same place. You can hire a Ferrari 458 from us to experience this prestige for yourself.

Lamborgini is also made in Italy, in fact, a mere stone’s throw away from the Ferrari factory in Maranello. Talk about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. Lambo’s are made in Sant’Agata Bolognese, although the brand is now owned by Volkswagon via Audi.

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Supercar Review: A New Era of Supercars: LaFerrari

The major supercar powerhouses are still slugging out for the accolade to be considered the greatest.  Like many, we remember the heady days of the F40, Countach and 958 and the battle today is equally fascinating.

Ferrari have entered their stunning LaFerrari into the arena to face the magnificent Porsche 918 Spyder and the Lamborghini Aventador but all now have to contend with a new snotty nosed newcomer, the McLaren P1.  You can also throw into the mix Zondas, Konningseggs and Bugattis, but this a fight for the poster space on 10 year old’s bedroom wall once covered by the F40, Countach and 958.


Over the next few weeks we will be looking more closely at the Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and McLaren to see if one of these can assert themselves as the icon of it’s age.

Each of these new models have been engineered to adapt to a changing world since the time of the F40 et al, and we intend to find out which one has managed to keep the spirit of those predecessors, while providing us with the experience we expect from a modern supercar.


First we start with the LaFerrari, Ferrari’s 2 door, rear engined, rear wheel drive supercar.  The LaFerrari is a highly ambitious project utilising what is called a ‘mild hybrid’ engine.  This gives La Ferrari a higher power output of any Ferrari but thanks to ingenious electrical wizardry, manages to reduce fuel consumption by 40%.  This is positions Ferrari in an ideal space between the pressures of fuel economy and outright power.  The LaFerrari can produce an amazing 950bhp which nothing short of incredible.  The technology for this has been developed in conjunction with the Formula 1 team, so it’s good see something good has come out of the otherwise disappointing Alonso era.  The engine is a naturally aspirated V12 to give the grunt needed and is knitted with lithium battery pack  and is designed to work as one unit, optimising power and efficiency, a development which Ferrari hope will give LaFerrari the edge over other semi-hybrid supercars.

LaFerrari has a 7 speed dual clutch and revolutionary auto gearbox which itself is packed with more electrical tricks all of which enable the LaFerrari to reduce valuable weight. Combined with a carrion fibre tub and as much carbon fibre possible elsewhere in the car all mean the LaFerrari is light and nibble and in when put together with the power unit, promise us an amazing prospect.

The electronic gadgets are extended over the entire car, with yet more computers giving LaFerrari the optimum grip, aerodynamic and downforce needed for any give situation.

The inside of LaFerrari is stunning.  The cabin space is actually quite large as the car has been designed for those wishing to wear a crash helmet, so as an everyday car, LaFerrari is perfectly usable, should you want a LaFerrari as an ‘everyday’ car.

With only 500 being made, not many have had the chance to drive LaFerrari, so we have to look those who have been lucky enough to find out what they think of the driving experience.

The car feels as near as Ferrari can get to the F1 experience, with a very low driving position. Although fully adjustable, it’s always a very similar seating arrangement to that of a single seat racing car.  This obviously completely by design and gives LaFerrari and authenticity which plays on it’s valuable racing DNA.

The noise from the V12 is incredible.  The ride is said to be smooth and calm with a light touch to the steering.  As you would expect, the accelerator is responsive and the feeling you get when the 950bhp starts to filter through to the road is mind blowing.

Now how about the looks.  Will it pass the bedroom poster test?  LaFerrari looks aggressive and potent.  For me it lacks a little of the finesse of the F40, but when judged alongside it’s modern challengers, it looks amazing. Interestingly, none of the design work was done by the Pininfarina design house which is a brave move.  It still looks like a Ferrari and the in-house team at Maranello have done a great job, but is there something missing that only Pininfarina can offer.  Maybe not in design and looks as it is a great looking car, but it is one step removed from it’s forbears, and in particular the F40 on the wall.  I’m sure the 10 year old me would still love to have it on the wall.  This is a true masterpiece and will take some beating.  Bring on the Aventador.  Lets see what you can do.

At PB Supercars we have a selection of Ferrari’s available to hire. Whether you want to hire a Ferrari 458 for a hot date or you want to rent a Ferrari F430 Sypder for a summer road trip, you can drive your dream car with PB Supercars.